November 17, 2010
Gayus Tambunan is one of the most high-profile prisoners in Indonesia and currently resides in one of the most secure jails in the country. So, two weeks ago, when The Jakarta Globe published a picture of a man who looked like Tambunan attending the Tournament of Champions in Bali, police dismissed the claims as "totally groundless."
Turns out it was Tambunan, wearing a wig and glasses to conceal his identity. Earlier this week, the famed tax official admitted in court to bribing prison guards $40,000 to leave jail on 68 occasions, including the jaunt to the tennis tournament.
Going to Bali to watch a tournament which was eventually won by Ana Ivanovic wasn't as easy as taking a stroll down the boulevard either. Bali is more than 700 miles away from Tambunan's prison in Jakarta, so he likely had to board a plane with his family to fly to the resort destination. They reportedly stayed two nights in a five-star hotel.
The 31-year-old Tambunan is on trial for pocketing millions by helping companies avoid paying taxes. Earlier this year, the mid-level tax official, who makes around $16,000 per year but had amassed a $3.2 million fortune, had similar charges dismissed. It was later learned that he had bribed prosecutors and police more than $2 million to have the case dropped.
Racquet clap to The Daily Spin